Bonita Donoho, Equestrienne

Bonita Donoho and Her Horse, c. 1914. Bonita Donoho, at age 3, with her horse Bonnie standing on an unpaved dirt road in front of a Mendocino picket fence. (Gift of the Donoho Family, The Donoho Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

September 24, 1933 – Miss Bonita Donoho led a big parade in San Francisco, riding a horse with the 91st Division. She graduated from Mendocino High School in 1930 and Healds Business College in 1932. At the time of the parade, she was employed as a stenographer by the American Legion in San Francisco.

While still in high school, she won several prizes at the Ukiah rodeo for horseback racing. The Mendocino Beacon noted that she was “an equestrienne of marked ability, having ridden horses on her father’s ranch since she was a little tot, and her father always keeps a fine saddle animal for her use when she is home. The horse she will ride in the parade is a very spirited animal of striking appearance.” The Donoho ranch was located just north of Jack Peters Creek (now Surfwood Subdivision).

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